8 Days Adventure Tour to Eastern & Northern Uganda

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Safari Overview

Get a thrill in East Africa on this 8 Days Adventure Tour through the Eastern & Northern parts of Uganda – the pearl of Africa.

Take a boat cruise to the source of the world’s longest river, hike to the magnificent Sipi waterfalls on Mountain Elgon, and have authentic cultural encounters with the fascinating tribes of Karamoja.

Enjoy relaxing savannah game drives in the remote and less visited Kidepo Valley National Park and track wild rhinos on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

This 8 Days Adventure Tour to Eastern & Northern Uganda can be tailored to meet your specific requirements and there are different accommodation options on offer.

Featured Activities

  • Boat cruise to the source of the Nile River
  • Sipi Falls hike & Coffee tour experiences
  • Hike Mt Moroto to meet the Tepeth tribe
  • Karamajongo cultural experience
  • Savannah game drives in Kidepo National Park
  • Walking safari in Kidepo National Park
  • Rhino tracking on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Scenic drive through Uganda impressive landscapes
  • Optional abseiling at Sipi Falls

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport

Day 2: Drive to Sipi Falls via the Source of the Nile in Jinja

Day 3: Sipi Waterfall Hike & Coffee Experience

Day 4: Hike Mt Moroto and visit with the Tepeth tribe

Day 5: Visit a Manyatta & Game Drive in Kidepo National Park

Day 6: Full day game drive in Kidepo National Park

Day 7: Morning Game Walk in Kidepo & Transfer to Gulu Town

Day 8: Track Rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & Drive back in Entebbe

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival In Uganda – Entebbe International Airport

Your fantastic 8 Days Adventure Tour to Eastern & Northern Uganda begins at Entebbe International Airport. Your guide will meet you there and help you transfer to your accommodation in Kampala.

You will spend your first day in beautiful Uganda – often called “The Pearl of Africa” -resting and preparing for a trip full of thrilling adventures.

If you feel like you do not need rest, you can take the afternoon or evening to tour Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.

You can visit the Uganda Museum and the Lubiri Palace, Kasubi Tombs, Uganda National Museum, Uganda National Mosque, or simply walk around the busy streets.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Kampala Serena Hotel, Sheraton Hotel Kampala

Midrange: Protea Hotel Kampala, Fairway hotel Kampala

Budget: Biyem Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Time: 1 hour

Day 2: Drive To Sipi Falls Via The Source Of The Nile In Jinja

On day two of the 8 Days Adventure Tour to Eastern & Northern Uganda, you will embark on your trip east.

Your journey east will start with a tour to Jinja town on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria about a 3-hour-drive of Kampala.

This lake-side city is famous for being the historic source of the River Nile, the longest river in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa – and more recently, for developing into the adventure capital of East Africa.

Here, you will enjoy a one hour boat cruise to the actual source of the Nile River, where majestic Lake Victoria pours into the Nile, beginning its 6,650 kilometer long journey north to the Mediterranean Sea.

After this little stop in Jinja, you will continue on a very scenic drive east toward to Sipi Area in the foothills of Mountain Elgon – an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya.

This verdant hilly landscape has a spectacular series of waterfalls and a network of hiking trails winding through rural villages and lush coffee plantations.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Sipi River Lodge

Midrange: Sipi Falls Resort/ Lacam lodge

Budget: The Crow’s Nest/ Lacam lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Time: 3 hour to Jinja, 5 hours to Sipi

Day 3: Sipi Waterfall Hike & Coffee Experience

The Sipi Falls is arguably the most beautiful waterfalls in Uganda.

After a good breakfast at 8.00 am, you’ll start your Sipi Falls hike. The falls are made up of a series of three waterfalls along the foothills of the Mount Elgon.

You’ll hike to each of the waterfalls starting with the top most coming down to the last one which is the biggest falling 100 m. You can take a swim in the cold whirlpool which is famously referred to as “natural swimming pool”.

At the main and biggest Sipi fall you’ll do the epic abseiling and feel the adrenaline rush as you drop 100 m and just a few meters from the waterfalls.

You’ll go back to the lodge for lunch and some relaxation. After lunch you will go on a tour of a small local coffee producing farm. This is the perfect time to pick up some high-quality Ugandan coffee to take home to your friends and family.

Optional Activities

If you’re missing a bit adrenaline in your day you can abseil from the top of the 100-m-high Sipi Falls. Hanging from a rope in the cool mist of the cascading falls right beside you, you will have a spectacular panoramic view of the valley below.

There are numerous other optional excursions and activities that you can participate in to make the most of your time here.

You may wish to join a guided village walk, rock climbing, bird watching, cave adventuring or Boda Boda (Motorcycle riding) tour.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Sipi River Lodge

Midrange: Sipi Falls Resort/Lacam lodge

Budget: The Crow’s Nest/Lacam lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Hike Mt Moroto & Visit With The Tepeth Tribe.

After an early breakfast on day four of your 8 Days Adventure Tour to Eastern & Northern Uganda, you embark on a drive north Moroto Town.

The town is located near the gentle slopes of volcanic Mount Moroto (3085 meters), and it is the beating heart of the Karamoja region. In this remote and until recently quite isolated part of Uganda, some of the best outdoor adventures and authentic cultural experiences await you!

On arrival, you will take a scenic hike on Mount Moroto, the highest mountain of Karamoja. During the hike you will meet the Tepeth tribe and learn about culture; spirits, gods and sacred sites of these fascinating mountain people.

Accommodation: Karamoja Safari Camp

Drive Time: 3½ hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Visit A Manyatta & Game Drive In Kidepo National Park

After a delicious breakfast today, you’ll visit traditional Karamajong manyatta for an interesting insight into the customs and traditions of the Karamajong people.

A manyatta is village made up of several huts, which in turn are surrounded by a fence made of branches and thorns. These are put up to keep the cattle in and to protect them from thieving rival tribes and wild animals.

After this cultural experience, you will travel farther north to discover one of Africa’s genuine hidden gems – Kidepo National Park. This park has been ranked by CNN travel in the recent past as one of Africa safari destinations.

But, regardless of its high rating, it is still one of the least visited Uganda game parks. This is partly due to its isolated location. It is situated in the rugged semi-arid valleys in the far northeast of country. It lies hidden away in a corner between Uganda’s borders with South Sudan and Kenya.

The trip is a long but very rewarding journey to get to this region with some of the most beautiful scenery in Uganda.

On your arrival to the park you’ll go on an evening game drive to see herds of elephant and buffalo. You might even spot some lions and leopards perching on the various rocks dotting the valley floor.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Apoka Rest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Time: 5 hours

Day 6: Full Day Drive In Kidepo National Park

You have full day to enjoy all that Kidepo National Park has to offer. After breakfast you go on a morning game drive after which you return for a few hours of relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon you go out again for a game drive.

Kidepo has a profusion of big game and hosts 475 bird species and over 80 mammal species, among them; lions, ostriches, zebras, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, caracals, cheetahs, and greater and lesser kudus.

The park ranks among Africa’s finest wilderness landscapes.

Optional Activity: Night Game Drive

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Apoka Rest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Morning Game Walk In Kidepo & Transfer To Gulu Town

After breakfast, you will undertake a nature walk, your last “safari activity” in Kidepo Valley National Park.

Kidepo is one of the few parks in Uganda where you can do a walking safari. The park is a completely different place when you are removed from the constraints of a safari vehicle.

Your senses are aware of every sound and movement in the bush and you see things at ground level that you would otherwise miss.

With an expert ranger guide you will also learn a lot about the inhabitants of the park and how to recognize their tracks. This is an exciting and very rewarding activity.

You will then pack your bags, check out and transfer to town of Gulu, the largest town in northern Uganda. You will be spending the night in Gulu Churchill Courts Hotel. It is a very basic hotel, yet one of the best in town.

Accommodation: Gulu Churchill Courts Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Time: 5-6 hour

Day 8: Track Rhinos In Ziwa Sanctuary & Drive Back In Entebbe

After breakfast today, have your packed lunch and embark on a short drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which is home to Uganda’s only rhinos.

Here you get the chance to track wild white rhinos on foot. Your experienced guide will keep you safe while you approach these magnificent beasts up-close.

Don’t forget to take photos or to breathe – you will get to appreciate what a two-ton animal really looks like while your adrenaline is pumping.

After seeing the rhinos, you’ll complete the final stretch to Entebbe. Your guide will drop you off at the airport in time for your international flight. Safe Travels!

Accommodation: Not Included

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Drive Time: 6-7 hour

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